The emotive language of Gaby Hinsliff’s article (What a story to tell the world: Britain values dogs more than Afghan people, 30 August ) not only risks deflecting attention from the consequences of the reactive, rather than proactive, response of the British government, but also suggests that one cannot care equally about the victims of humanitarian crises and the plight of other innocent species in manmade conflicts.
It is feared time is running out for Pen to be able to get home – even alone (Picture: @PenFarthing) He is not currently at the airport, but said this morning that he is going to try again (Picture: PA) Pen speaking to the BBC last night for an update on the situation (Picture: BBC)‘The Taliban obviously control the outer part of the airfield, so there is nothing I can do.
The former Royal Marine and his supporters had been campaigning to get his staff from the Nowzad charity shelter as well as their families, 140 dogs and 60 cats evacuated from the country in a plan he named Operation Ark. In a tweet posted on Friday evening, the MoD said: “Pen Farthing and his pets were assisted through the system at Kabul airport by the UK armed forces.
Charlotte Maxwell-Jones has been working for months to evacuate the many animals her charity, Kabul Small Animal Rescue, have saved in Afghanistan, but it’s the safety of her 40 workers that she’s most concerned about at the moment.
Pen Farthing was told he would have to leave the animals in the country as people are being prioritised (Picture: AP)An animal rescue charity may be able to fly hundreds of cats and dogs out of Afghanistan after all following a change in tone by the defence secretary.
Gerrad Gethings says: “Certain breeds would be essential because of their unique characteristics: Afghan hounds, poodles, pugs, bulldogs etc. Many of the subjects I stopped in the park or on the bus, and had to find a tactful way of saying you look exactly like a poodle, can I take your photograph?
Monica and Reggie the Chow Chow (Picture: Gerrard Gethings)Dogs really do seem to look like their owners and now we have further evidence. From long-haired afghan hounds with their hipster owners to Chinese crested dogs with the same fluffy heads as their humans, it really is a case of spot the difference.
‘A piece of home’: Army specialist reunites with dog he rescued copied! Twenty-six year old Army Spc. Zach Mcintyre rescued a puppy while serving in Afghanistan. Now, the pair reunites in a heartfelt moment.
Twenty-six year old Army Spc. Zach Mcintyre rescued a puppy while serving in Afghanistan. But in some ways, the dog saved him as well, providing crucial emotional support through difficult times. Now, the pair reunites in a heartfelt moment.